I'm an artist in many fields. And in addition to authoring music, visual art, and writing of all kinds, I am a programmer with interest in entertainment.
Contrary to the words of film critic Roger Ebert, video games are a form of art. And if anything other than film has proven to be best produced through collaboration, it is video games.
If hitRECord were to incorporate video games as one of its official checkboxes, things would have to change slightly in terms of design and functionality of the website. Unlike the other forms of media we collaborate on here, most video games cannot be witnessed in a browser (though flash games are one notable exception). Also, the collaboration process is different and more involved (and time consuming) than other forms of art. It's highly possible that it would not be worth anyone's time to add video game collaboration to this site.
That said, it might be worth a shot. We should look at the possibility with the potentially incredible results in mind. While collaboration on video games is an age-old principle, it is not often that people (are even able to) collaborate on the Internet. The idea of a game that was produced in say, a month-- with contributions by people across several countries, bringing genuine diverse influence we rarely see-- blows my mind.
Let's see what Joe thinks.
Created: Jul 20, 2010Document Media